Belfast Telegraph

Everton's new boss Martinez - 'Right time to move on from Wigan'

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez felt his four years at Wigan had come to a natural conclusion with their departure from the Premier League.

The Spaniard guided the Latics to their first senior trophy with victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final only to be relegated three days later.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan revealed the 39-year-old had told him he did not feel up to the task of battling to get the club out of the Championship and asked to leave.

But having previously turned down opportunities to go to Aston Villa and Liverpool in the two preceding summers Martinez felt the opening at Goodison Park following David Moyes' move to Old Trafford was an opportunity he had to take.

"It is simple: it came in a natural way. I just felt that it was the right time after four very special years to move on," he said.

"The circumstances of the club (Wigan) are completely different now - they are going to play in Europe and try to get out of the Championship as quick as they can.

"I felt that a new man is needed to take that job on board and for me it was time to look into a different challenge and carry on with a different football club.

"From that point on, it was clear that the only club I felt could fit in was Everton.

"That was a feeling after meeting the chairman (Bill Kenwright) and seeing him so passionate about this football club and I can't wait to get started.

"I knew Everton was the right club and it has been a natural transition.

"Just walking here today at Goodison Park it really feels a special place for the future for me."

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